Postdoc (80-100%) to develop an ontology and knowledge graph for a streamlined LCA procedure supporting researchers in evaluating novel atmospheric CO2 removal and conversion options

Materials science and technology are our passion. With our cutting-edge research, Empa's around 1,100 employees make essential contributions to the well-being of society for a future worth living. Empa is a research institution of the ETH Domain.
With its "Mining the Atmosphere" research initiative, Empa aims at exploring novel options to remove CO2 from the atmosphere and convert it into useful and valuable materials. Involved researchers will need support to carry out preliminary life cycle assessments (LCAs). In this context, our Technology and Society Laboratory (TSL) is looking for a highly motivated Postdoc to develop a streamlined, digitally-supported LCA procedure. TSL is dedicated to creating and transferring knowledge supporting the transformation to a sustainable society within planetary boundaries by analyzing and evaluating novel materials and technologies from a circularity, life cycle impacts and safety perspective, and providing guidance for designing more sustainable materials, technologies and systems.

Your tasks

  • Define an ontology and knowledge graph describing the key steps of a streamlined LCA procedure
  • Test the applicability of the streamlined LCA procedure for specific case studies 
  • Finalise and publish the streamlined LCA procedure 
  • Support good LCA practices by all researchers who are not experts in the LCA method

Your profile

  • PhD in environmental/natural sciences or engineering or data science 
  • Experience with using the LCA method or other assessment methods in the field of industrial ecology 
  • Good management skills and outgoing personality 
  • Experience in scientific writing and publishing 
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English (both written and oral) 
  • Basic fluency in German and/or French is a plus

Our offer

We offer a stimulating academic environment in a laboratory with nearly 50 scientists dedicated to sustainability transformations. The position is available immediately and will initially be limited to 2 years, with an option for prolongation.
We live a culture of inclusion and respect. We welcome all people who are interested in innovative, sustainable and meaningful activities - that's what counts.
We look forward to receiving your complete online application including a letter of motivation, CV, certificates, diplomas and contact details of two reference persons. Please submit these exclusively via our job portal. Applications by e-mail and by post will not be considered.
Sarah Stüdli, Bereichspersonalleiterin / HR Partner


Your future place of work

Lerchenfeldstrasse 5
9014 St. Gallen

Empa as an employer

Innovative, sustainable, meaningful activities
Creating added value for society
International, multicultural working environment
Freedom to create and develop
Culture of inclusion and respect
Excellent balance between different areas of life
Multiple award-winning and certified employer
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